League Two side lose in 89th minute because of wacky own goal

It just wasn’t in the cards for Oxford United on Saturday.

The League Two side are in the hunt for a promotion playoff spot, along with their weekend opponent Dagenham & Redbridge. With only six weeks left in the season, every point is crucial. After making it almost the full 90 minutes without conceding, this happened:

Ouch. Not only is that one of the more unfortunate own goals we’ve ever seen, it was the game-winner — and put Oxford’s playoff spot in jeopardy.

Daggers boss Wayne Burnett joked after the match, “It was a brilliant goal, we’ve been working on that all week,” he said.

We doubt the U’s and their fans were laughing.

(H/T Oxford Mail, WAATP)


Defender needs two attempts to score epic own goal

One day, Nautico defender Izaldo will tell his grandchildren about this and have a laugh. Maybe. It could take a while.

Facing off against Santa Cruz in the Brazilian Pernambucano 1 last weekend, Izaldo scored one of the most hilarious own goals of all time. Not necessarily because it was a spectacular shot, but because he needed two separate attempts to do so!

First, the defender shanked an attempted clearance straight off the crossbar and back into play, to the relief of his teammates. But did that discourage Izaldo from getting on the score-sheet? Oh no, not Izaldo. 

Demonstrating the determination and persistence of an ant, Izaldo went right back at it and pounced on the very next chance, heading it safely into the back of his own net.

If at first you don’t succeed…


Never seen an own goal from fifty yards out? Here’s your chance!

In a German fourth-tier match against 1860 Munich’s reserves team, FC Schweinfurt midfielder Stefan Seufert managed to score a stunning own goal from just about the halfway line!

Whether Seufert was attempting a clearance, a long back-pass to his goalkeeper, or mixed up which half of the field his team was defending in we’ll never know. We are fairly certain, though, that Seufert can lay claim to the longest own goal of the year.

H/T Dirty Tackle


Error-divisie? Best of the weekend from the Dutch league

The Dutch Eredivisie is quickly becoming one of our favorite leagues here on the blog. Every weekend there seem to be crazy happenings on or off the pitch that demand our (and therefore, your) attention.

For instance, check out this historically unlucky goal conceded by Roda JC goalkeeper Filip Kurto against Utrecht:

See what we mean? Pretty much just par for the course in the Netherlands.

Also this weekend, last-place side NEC unfurled a giant tifo ahead of their local derby match against Vitesse.

Perhaps in homage to rapper legend MIMS’ classic lines “I’m hot cause I’m fly, you ain’t ‘cause you’re not,” the NEC supporters tried to intimidate their opponents with the message “We’re gonna win this, you’re not.” Brilliant. *Smacks head on desk*


Photo: Getty Images

Unfortunately, NEC lost the match in heart-breaking fashion, conceding the match-winning goal off the boot of Lucas Piazon (on loan from Chelsea) in the second minute of stoppage time:

It was NEC’s eighth loss in a row to start the campaign, which likely means that for the eighth week running, no NEC player got to cash in on the highly-coveted Man of the Match prize that the club launched before the season: a free bikini car wash. Bummer.

H/T Dirty Tackle


Peruvian club’s comedy of errors continues with superb own goal

Peruvian top flight side Union Comercio may not be top flight for much longer, at least as long as they continue to gift their opponents goals week after week.

In yesterday’s match against Universitario, Union defender Renzo Reaños scored this fantastic golazo into his own net to hand the visitors a 1-0 victory. It was Union’s fourth loss in a row, after which Reaños felt compelled to apologize on Twitter for his match-“winner.”

Reaños said “I feel very bad. It was my fault we lost today. I want to say sorry to my team mates and to all the people of Union.”

This, of course, come just one week after goalkeeper Juan “Chiquito” Flores provided us with the howler of the year:

With Union doing more than half the work for their opponents recently, it might not surprise you that the club is in second to last place in the Primera Division, sitting on just 26 point out of 29 games.


Keeper saves penalty, teammates promptly score own goal

Despite winning the match, Veracruz goalkeeper Edgar Hernandez’s day was almost ruined thanks to a remarkably silly own goal.

After Hernandez clumsily brought down a Cruz Azul player for a penalty, the backstop made the save to seemingly keep his team’s two-goal lead in tact. However, amazingly, the ball rebounded to a Veracruz defender, whose heinous attempt at a clearance ricocheted off a second teammate and past a hapless Hernandez into the net.

Now as a goalkeeper, few things are as exhilarating as stopping a penalty kick. To then have someone else snatch away your mojo like that, now that’s just devastating. The guilty pair of defenders who made this OG possible are more than lucky this didn’t cost them the game.


Nei scores beautiful own goal against former team, injures himself

Facing your former team is always a bit nerve-wracking, but for Vasco da Gama’s Nei it was flat out awful. Going up against his Internacional teammates, Nei scored a beautiful goal into his own net, a rocking header that makes it seem as if Nei thought he was still suiting up for Inter, the team he left Vasco for.

To add injury to insult, Nei actually collides with one of his teammates after the ferocious header! When it rains, it pours…


Sudan goalkeeper drops opposing corner kick into goal

Sudan keeper Ehab Zohgber will be playing this back in his head for a long time.

In a World Cup Qualifier vs. Ghana, Sudan trailed 2-1 late and was looking to salvage the game with a draw. In the 83rd minute, Ghana set up for a routine corner kick where things got ‘out of hand’ quickly.

Ghana’s Sulley Muntari sent in the corner kick but it zipped straight to Zohgber for an easy stop, that is, until the keeper drops the ball into his own goal. Embarrassing.

Though Sudan’s World Cup qualifying chances were bleak to begin with, things have quickly shifted from bad to worse and he’s not likely to ever live this down in his country.


Fail: Germany Keepers terrible own goal vs USA

The U.S. men’s national team better remember to send a thank you card to Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. The keeper gave the USMNT an absolute gift of an own goal with this terrible effort in the first half of their friendly match.

Facing pressure from the U.S. midfielders, Benedikt Howedes sent a back pass to ter Stegen but the young keeper misplayed the ball worse than anyone could have imagined. The ball slipped past him to give the U.S. their second goal of the half en route to a 4-3 victory over Germany.

Manuel Neuer can rest assured that no one will be taking his starting keeper spot for Germany any time soon.